Cam Newton has finally found a new home.
The former MVP will be replacing another MVP, too. Or, at least, he’ll compete for that job.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday night that Newton signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, putting him in line to potentially replace Tom Brady.
After 20 years in New England, Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Patriots didn’t move quickly to add any significant replacements either in free agency or the NFL Draft. Meanwhile, Newton was released by the Panthers after nine years in the organization — where he led them to a Super Bowl, won an MVP and was a three-time Pro Bowler — to make way for them to sign Teddy Bridgewater earlier this offseason.
Now, those two worlds have collided, and Newton will attempt to rehabilitate his value in perhaps the best possible situation for him.
Newton was a free agent longer than expected, possibly due to his recovery from an injury. He missed most of last season due to a foot injury, but before that he had averaged 3,402 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the previous three seasons.
He’s 31 now and, per Schefter, signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots. He’ll compete with Jarrett Stidham, a fourth-round pick last year, for the starting job, as well as journeyman Brian Hoyer.
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